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Bengals News (12/17): Not enough return

The Bengals return on investment has not been great in 2020.

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Bengals Geno Atkins is the third defensive tackle to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list
Atkins, third on the Bengals all-time list with 75.5 sacks, joins the other starting tackle on IR. D.J. Reader, the man the Bengals made the NFL's highest-paid nose tackle in free agency back in March, went down with torn quadriceps in the fifth game. Backup nose tackle Renell Wren suffered the same season-ending injury during the first week of training camp.

Photo Gallery: Bengals Monday Night Football Moments
This week's game is the Bengals' 36th appearance on Monday Night Football. Check out some of the most memorable images from the team playing on Monday night.

Cincinnati Bengals place Pro Bowl tackle Geno Atkins on the Reserve/Injured List
*Placed DT Geno Atkins on the Reserve/Injured list with a right shoulder injury. Atkins, an 11th-year player, originally was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2010. He has played in 161 career games (134 starts), and stands third in team history with 75.5 sacks.

Season over for Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins without a sack
The 11th-year player out of Georgia was limited in his usage throughout the entire season because of the injury. The Bengals primarily used him as a pass-rusher on third downs. He hasn't played more than 30% of the team's defensive snaps in any game this season.

Four Cincinnati Bengals Players to Track in the Final Three Weeks
Quinton Spain signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati after being released by the Bills in late-October. Spain has played in some rough scenarios this season. From subbing in for Shaq Calhoun two days after signing, to playing every offensive snap since their bye week. Spain has been a left guard for much of his career, but he's flipped spots in the Bengals' starting five.

Geno Atkins' Injury and Future, Zac Taylor and an In-Depth Look at the Pittsburgh Steelers
Jake Liscow and I discuss Geno Atkins' future with the Bengals, the latest odds on Zac Taylor and Chris Carter of Locked on Steelers stops by to breakdown a Pittsburgh team that has lost back-to-back games.

Bang for the buck? Part of Bengals' struggles can be traced to low ROI this season
When the Bengals placed defensive tackle Geno Atkins on injured reserve on Wednesday morning it marked the latest in a string of bad luck and bad contracts that haven't returned much for their 2020 investment.

Around the league

Chargers RB Ekeler expected to play; WRs Allen, Williams true game-time decisions vs. Raiders
All three were given questionable designations for the Week 15 divisional matchup vs. Las Vegas. Per Pelissero, Allen and Williams were sore after last Sunday's victory over the Falcons. Both wideouts were limited participants in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the short week going into Thursday has compromised their availability.

Buccaneers' Ronald Jones, Ravens' Marquise Brown placed on reserve/COVID-19 list
Two days removed from a thrilling Monday night win that was also their first regularly scheduled game in three weeks, the Baltimore Ravens placed three wide receivers on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also placed running back Ronald Jones, who was already recovering from surgery on his pinky finger, on their reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

NFL owners approve formula for determining potential 17th game
While the league's owners did not vote to add a 17th game to the 2021 regular season during Wednesday's virtual meeting, they did agree to procedures for a 17th regular-season game for each of the 32 clubs if and when the NFL adds such a 17th game to the schedule, essentially giving the owners' collective approval in advance for such a change. The agreement was finalized in a resolution obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday.

Louis Riddick interviewing for Texans, Lions GM jobs this week
The current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst is slated to interview for the Houston Texans GM job on Wednesday, and with the Detroit Lions on Friday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed of the situation.